interdisciplinary studies centre

Latin American Studies

Academic Staff

Andrew Canessa
Head of Department - Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Indigenous studies; Latin America, especially the Andes; Gender and sexualities; Ethnic and racial identities; Bolivia, especially indigenous peoples; Gibraltar
Maria Cristina Fumagalli
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Caribbean literatures, art and cinema; literature and place; border studies (especially concerning the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic); literature and the environment; migration and literature; human rights and literature; literature and the visual arts; contemporary poetry; literary and filmic rewritings, adaptations, translation and comparative studies; contemporary Caribbean and US relations (especially regarding the Dominican and Haitian Diasporas); the work of Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, Junot Diaz, and Edwidge Danticat; postcolonial studies; women writing; Italian cinema and literature
Carlos Gigoux Gramegna
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Human Rights; Indigenous Peoples; Sustainable Development; Social Movements; Refugees
Jane Hindley
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
PhD Supervisor, Essex Business School
Matt Lodder
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: tattooing and body modification in their historical and theoretical contexts; lowbrow, outsider, countercultural, kitsch and erotic art & visual culture; the visual and cultural contexts of sex and sadomasochism, including pornography; internet and digital art; methodologies of art historical and visual culture study
Sandra Moog
Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: international environmental politics and transnational civic activism (focus: forest issues/ the Amazon); globalization, sustainable development and environmental justice; the role of NGOs and corporations in processes of environmental governance; ideas of nature within the contemporary environmental movement
Beatriz De Paiva
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Intercultural and Interlanguage Pragmatics (pragmatic aspects of conversational interactions between native and non-native speakers); Pragmatics in language teaching; Pragmatics in translation
Peter Patrick
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Language Variation & Change; Language and Human Rights; Language Testing of Asylum Seekers; African (American) Diaspora Languages; Pidgin & Creole Linguistics, (esp on Caribbean English-related creoles); Language/Dialect Maintenance, Shift & Death; Sound Change in Sociolinguistic Context
Jak Peake
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Matthias Röhrig Assunção
Professor, Department of History
Research interests: History of slavery and post-emancipation societies; Agrarian and peasant history; Political history of Nineteenth and twentieth century Brazil; Latin American popular culture; Capoeira - combat games and martial arts in the Black Atlantic
Colin Samson
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Indigenous Peoples; Human Rights; Ethnic Studies; Colonialism; American Studies; Environmental Issues; Arts and Literature
Teresa Torres
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Hispanic Cinema; Language and culture
Sean Seeger
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)

Visiting Fellows

Afia Afenah
Dr Afia Afenah
Visiting Fellow, School of Philosophy and Art History
Catherine Duxbury
Dr Catherine Duxbury
Fixed Term Teacher, School of Philosophy and Art History
Visiting Fellow, School of Philosophy and Art History
Elizabeth Cassell
Dr Elizabeth Cassell
Visiting Fellow, School of Philosophy and Art History